Birdhouse Racial Justice Discussion Group

Racial Justice Discussion Group
Up for discussion : The 1619 Project podcast
Date: July 26, 2020
Time: 3pm
Where: Zoom
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The exact quote and it’s author is lost to me, but the idea that our history, our past creates the map that guides and informs us in our actions today, whether we recognize it or not, is powerful. As we start this journey, discussing a path to racial justice and the actions we can take toward a society of equity we first reflect. We’re starting off our book/podcast/documentary racial justice discussion group after listening to The 1619 Project from the New York Times.

What’s the 1619 Project?

An ongoing podcast from the New York Times  1619 “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”

Wait, I haven’t heard the podcast?

Don’t worry, the 1619 Project is 6 episodes averaging about 35 minutes an episode. You can find it here and supplemental readings.

We’re going to discuss questions like:

At the same time as Thomas Jefferson is writing the famous words, “all men are created equal” he also has enslaved men and women. How do these two ideas coexist?

What was the impact of slavery on the financial systems in the US and further afield? What is the impact on the American economy and capitalism today.

How does racism influence the medical treatment of Black Americans in history and today?

When is the discussion group?

We will be meeting via Zoom on the last Sunday of the month, July 26th at 3pm Pacific Time.

How do I sign up?

Just go to and register for the Racial Justice Discussion Group and we will send you the Zoom information. Bring your craft, your reflections, your questions and lets take a step today toward equitable society.

What’s next?

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it — and then dismantle it,”

We follow the lead of professor Ibram X. Kendi and read his book How to be an antiracist. We strongly urge you to get this book on ASAP. I think it may have a rather long hold list at the library, but you can find it online. Our local fabulous Antigone bookstore is temporarily closed.


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